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Sinuses (Overview)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids (between the eyes), frontals (above the eyes) and sphenoid.


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What's good for sinuses?

What's good for sinuses?

Nasal steroids: Nasal steroids are generally a good place to start, as the treat all kinds of inflammatory sinus disease (allergic and non-allergic). Antihistamines help if there is an allergic component, as do oral decongestants. An evaluation by an otolaryngologist is always helpful to look for causes. ...Read more

Sinuses (Overview)

Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids (between the eyes), frontals (above the eyes) and sphenoid.


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Could your sinuses explode?

Could your sinuses explode?

Explode?: Although your sinuses will not explode, certain types of sinus infection will erode through adjacent bones and produce osteomyelitis, or infection can spread into surrounding tissues or the brain and its linings and cavities. ...Read more

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Where are your sinuses at?

Where are your sinuses at?

See picture: A picture is worth a thousand words. See attached picture. ...Read more

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What can block your sinuses?

What can block your sinuses?

Sinus blockage: Greetings. The things that lock your sinus drainage pathways could be mucus membrane swelling, polyps, thick mucus, tumors, bacteria, virus or fungal infectious buildup or even your normal anatomy. See your ENT doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Do sinuses every get too dry?

Yes: Antihistamine medications can dry up the sinuses. Also hot dry environments may cause the mucus membranes the line the sinuses to dry up. (ie. Produce less water filled mucus material). ...Read more

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What does dry sinuses mean?

See below: Justin: Sinus or sinusitis is an overused term, without a uniform connotation. Dry air can dry out the mucus membrane of the nose and cause a sensation of burning, especially if you do not make enough mucus. Dry air by itself does not cause sinusitis. Bacterial infection in the sinuses may require antibiotic treatment. Seeing your doctor would be prudent to settle the issue. ...Read more

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Can I have my sinuses removed?

Not exactly: Your sinuses are part of the facial skeleton. The are air pockets within the bone. The openings from your sinuses onto the nasal passage can be widened and this will sometimes improve drainage. There are a number of smaller sinus cells between your eyes, and these can be surgically treated to remove the internal walls to create a single, larger space, but ultimately you will still have sinuses. ...Read more

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What can I do to clear sinuses?

What can I do to clear sinuses?

Saline: Frequent saline nasal irrigation can alleviate sinus congestion, 2 to 3 times a day. ...Read more

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How come my sinuses always dripping?

How come my sinuses always dripping?

See ENT specialist: You may have a chronic infection. Please consult an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Sinuses hurts during and after a cold?

Sinuses hurts during and after a cold?

Sinusitis: Colds frequently leave a bacterial sinusitis in their wake. You may need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes the sinuses to get blocked?

What causes the sinuses to get blocked?

Blocked sinuses: There may be anatomic airway/nasal deformity, like a deviated nasal septum, overgrown bone (turbinates), or bone at the holes that aerate sinuses. The mucous membranes may swell and block the natural air holes into the sinuses, along with mucous or bacterial exudate (pus). Finally, there are some soft tissue masses (tumors) that can also block these holes. Smoking also aggravates tissues. ...Read more

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Best ED med that will not swell sinuses?

ED Meds: All of the oral pde5 medications are vasodilators and can cause nasal congestion. Intracavernosal injection therapy would circumvent this problem. Talk to your urologist about this highly effective option. ...Read more

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What exactly do the cavernous sinuses do?

What exactly do the cavernous sinuses do?

Big blood vessel: The cavernous sinuses are actually not the stereotypical sinuses that most people talk about. If you have sinusitis, you will have inflammation of your paranasal sinuses. The cavernous sinus is a collection of veins just outside your brain. It is associated with important nerves and the carotid artery. In general it collects blood from the brain and helps send it back to the heart. ...Read more

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What's an effective way to treat sinuses?

Sinuses: Usual medicines like nasal sprays with steroids and or antihistamine, oral antihistamines and decongestants, saline nasal irrigations and oral steroids can all help. If symptoms persist ENT and proper allergy evaluation are important. Allergy injections to build up a tolerance toward the offending allergens are very helpful. It is a slow but very effective treatment in the long run. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clear your sinuses?

What is the best way to clear your sinuses?

Sinuses: Decongestants (like otc sudafed) can shrink swollen sinus passages to let them drain & relive pressure. Saline nasal spray can flush germs out of passages. Sinus irrigation with sterile (boiled or distilled) water with salt in it can also help [neti pot]. Avoid antihistamines as they dry up congestion where it is. ...Read more

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Why does my sinuses hurt if they are clear?

Why does my sinuses hurt if they are clear?

Sinus pain: It is possible to have sinus symptoms with a clear sinus ct. If no other cause can be found, and no medications adequately help, sinus surgery may be indicated. Feel better. ...Read more

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Why could make my sinuses always be inflamed?

Allergies: Repetitive exposure to the same allergen can cause constant irritation. ...Read more

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How can I better deal with my spring sinuses?

How can I better deal with my spring sinuses?

How do you deal now?: 1) avoid pollen, stay inside when the pollen count is high, don't travel where the pollen count is high; 2) antihistamines, like loratadine or cetirizine; 3) nasal sprays like cromolyn (mast cell stabilizer), azelastine (antihistamine), or fluticasone (steroid); 4) prescription only meds like Singulair; 5) rinse sinuses using a neti pot. 6) AVOID nasal decongestants sprays, they can be harmful. ...Read more

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Please tell me what is good for dry air sinuses?

Humidification: The lining of the nasal passageways and the sinuses are the same and need adequate hydration. Drinking water, humidification, saline nasal rinses are all helpful. Best to see youtr otolaryngologis for an exam. ...Read more